Swasey Bladen Forest Reserve

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Since 1990 this pristine natural forest has been a protected area and is considered to be the most important nature reserve in Belize. It is comprised of 100,000 acres of biodiversity that is currently only open to researchers and scientists, though there are hopes of allowing tourism in the near future.

This forest reserve is not landscaped in the slightest. Indeed, it is rugged and natural, encompassing parts of the Maya Mountains, limestone karst, sinkholes, caves, and waterfalls.

Set in the Maya Mountain Corridor, Swasey Bladen Forest Reserve covers several different ecosystems and provides refuge for hundreds of different animal species such as jaguar, harpy eagles, and scarlet macaws. It also plays an important role in watershed to the Monkey River. Of significance importance are the multiple Mayan ruins which have been found on property.


Situated on the northeastern outskirts of Toledo District, 12.2 miles west of Alabama Warf, Swasey Bladen Forest Reserve invites visitors who are rooming in this area of Belize. But even if you aren't staying very close, you should consider stopping by to check out the sights. If you're curious, Placencia is to the east.

Nearby Restaurants

Dining possibilities aren't widely available in the immediate vicinity close to Swasey Bladen Forest Reserve. Cardie's Restaurant, which offers American dishes, offers convenient access to this wildlife reservation.

Nearby Attractions

Visitors that like wildlife reservations, and have the energy to view some others, might check out Savannah Forest Station at Paynes Creek and Paynes Creek National Park; the first of which is 7.7 miles away from Swasey Bladen Forest Reserve. Travelers will find Swasey Bladen Forest Reserve some ways away from most hotels and other attractions in an area both quiet and peaceful.

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Southern Highway, Toledo District, Belize


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